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A lot of our meals and snacks are messy and I am ok with this but sometimes I need to give them a snack or a meal that doesn’t involve much preparation and that they can eat in the pram or on the carpet without me having to spend the next hour cleaning.What are your go-to non messy snacks for toddlers and pre-schoolers?


Posted by MrsMcD, 5th January 2015


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  • Cheese sticks, sausages, cut up fruit, slices of cucumber, strips of toasted bread, roast chicknuts or roast flava beans, roast coconut flakes, smashed pea balls, sweet potato chips


  • Lightly steamed veggies, thinly sliced apples,


  • Mine would be fruits – bananas, grapes, apples, mandarins ect… Ones that you just need to throw out the peel, seed/s or nothing at all. Either that, or when I haven’t really been too bothered to stock up on a range of fruits, some crackers, biscuits or chips do the job as well =)


  • The raffertys range are great, limited mess too


  • Cut up pieces of fruit, cut up veggies, cheese and crackers, yoghurt, Arnotts shapes are easy for a not so healthy snack. Cook up,some veggie or fruit muffins. Mini quiches….


  • Sometimes it’s jus looking at new ways to prepare or cut old ideas :) cutting banana loaf into little squares, etc.


  • Rice cakes, crackers, veggie sticks, grapes, berries, fruit loops are all great ideas that worked for my toddlers.


  • Roasted chickpeas. Healthy and interesting for kids. Or coconut chips.


  • I forgot about cheese and yoghurt buttons. They are always a hit in this house.
    Yoghurt and bananas are always messy with my two, even with a towel, and I am not a fan of squeeze pouches, but the other ideas are great. I was getting sick of sultanas!


  • carrot sticks, celery sticks, sultanas, and crackers


  • We always keep a packet of sultanas and dried yoghurt buttons for our little ones. It goes well into a tupperware container in the handbag for emergency snacks on the go


  • Cheese I cut in “fingers” from a big block, bananas (the little “lady finger” ones are a good toddler size, yoghurt in squeezy pouches you can fill yourself – less mess than a bowl of yoghurt (…usually!) I usually put down a drop mat (sheet or towel) and get my son to sit on it if he’s not outside or at the table. We call it a picnic and he’s happy to sit still (…mostly ;) )


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